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Today we'd like to introduce you to Salie Rodriguez.
Before we jump into specific questions, maybe you can briefly introduce yourself to our readers and tell them a bit of your backstory and how you got to where you are today?
My name is Saile Rodriguez, and I am the creator of Jewels by Sai. I began creating jewelry during the beginning of the pandemic as a way to express my creativity. The transition from the beginning of the pandemic until now has been drastic. I started my business when I had all the free time in the world because my job was closed, we were all being quarantined, and I dedicated all of my time to it. It was tricky incorporating my business back into my regular life once I started working again and taking more classes in school, but it all really fell into its place and I’m very thankful for not giving up on my business because of my time.
We're happy you didn't give up! We love that all your jewelry pieces are metaphysical and made to heal. What made you decide to sell these pieces?
What inspired me to create Jewels by Sai was the love I always had for metaphysical healing and jewelry. It was a way for me to put those passions together and make them into something that would not only help me, but others as well. I came up with the idea during the pandemic, it took off from there, and now making jewelry and being a content creator is a full time job for me.
It took off indeed. We see that you have 42k followers on Instagram. That's impressive! What advice can you give to other small businesses who might be struggling with social media?
I’m very grateful for my following. It has taken some work! The best advice I could give in the matter of growing an audience online would be, make sure to be consistent! People love to see the effort that you put into what you are making. Show others just how unique your creations are and how they could benefit them. Photography, lighting, and filming videos are also a big part of it. This has become one of my biggest achievements, along with the success at the events. I have met so many new souls that have inspired me to keep pushing and keep creating unique pieces. Social media for your business is so important. You are able to create this little empire of people who support you and love your creations. There is no better feeling than feeling supported through your art.
That's beautiful and we couldn't agree more. Support from others on social media is definitely encouraging. Besides working on your business, what are some of your hobbies?
I’m not sure if I would consider this a hobby, but I spend a lot of time reading and visiting the ocean in any way. In between my jobs and studying, that is mainly what I do. Reading has always allowed my mind to feel free and full of imagination.
Saile, you are awesome. These responses are making our hearts happy. What do you see for the future of Jewels by Sai?
I definitely see it going internationally. I’m moving to Europe to complete my Master’s degree and take my business with me. I want to expand my brand by making connections with others and attending farmer’s markets in other countries. Meeting new people is always the goal for me. Making new connections is very important when it comes to my business and helping others.
It was an absolute honor showcasing you, your business, and your talent. We look forward to seeing Jewels by Sai go international and we wish you all the best in your future.
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